Why do you need a natural lip balm recipe? Because a DIY balm is ridiculously easy to make, affordable, and super good for your lips. You’re probably finding that your pout needs extra moisture during winter months. Or maybe your lips are drying out with too much AC during the summer heat. I certainly do! At the same time, I don’t want my mouth to get assaulted by the chemical overload of commercial lip balms and lipsticks.
I came accross a study of 25 commercialy available lip balms, all of which were widely available also to youngest clients, children. The results were staggering.
Lead content of lip balms: A cross sectional convenience sample with exposure assessment estimating an average daily intake for young children
Should we be concerned about lead in lip balms? This study revealed lead was present in 100% of the 25 samples.
Julie Grunklee, “Lead content of lip balms: A cross sectional convenience sample with exposure assessment estimating an average daily intake for young children”
Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm
So I’m making a natural, clean, toxin-free, anti-aging lip treatment that assures optimum hydration with no skin irritation. For maximum benefits, I exfoliate my lips occasionally (a couple of times a week should be plenty) but don’t do it on chapped lips, wait until they heal, and then exfoliate. Go here for an easy DIY sugar lip scrub.
A creamy and yummy DIY natural lip balm is super easy to make, and your pout will thank you for it. It takes only a few ingredients and it’s fully customizable in terms of oils you can you and micas to add just a touch of color and/or shimmer.
Here is my recipe for one 1 oz tin of lip balm:
- 2tsp Avocado Oil
- 1tsp Castor Oil
- 1 TBS Shea or Cocoa Butter
- 2 tsp Organic Beeswax (or Carnuba Wax for a vegan option)
- 1/8 tsp of Mica (pinkish or reddish) if you want to make it tinted
- Optional: 10 drops of essential oil of choice. My go-to is a “creamsicle mix of orange, ylang ylang, and vanilla
Melt the first three ingredients in a double boiler or in microwave (short intervals). When fully melted start adding the color (if using) and add the essential oils for scent. Pour into the container and left out on the counter for a few hours to solidify. That’s it!
Why avocado oil?
Rich in fatty acids, avocado oil is excellent for any skin hydration. Avocado oil has also high amounts of vitamins A, C and E will rejuvenate dry skin on the lips.
Why castor oil?
Not only is it a great moisturizer, but it also imparts wonderful sheen to the lips.
Why Shea butter?
Shea butter is a superior hydrator that is especially good at penetrating the skin and contains 60% fat, making it highly emollient.
Made by bees to protect their homes and eggs, real and unadulterated beeswax is organic, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, making it a great choice for a solidifying addition to skin products.
If you are not into making your own but want to try my creation, head over to my Etsy shop where I have three different kinds of lip balms in two sizes.